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How to become an Automotive Mechanic

To become an automotive mechanic, you must first have a high school diploma or GED. If your high school offers it, you should try to take courses in automotive repair, electronics and computers to begin your automotive education, but you will typically need to take more courses after high school before you are prepared to be an automotive technician. Next, most technicians complete a postsecondary program in automotive service technology before they enter the field. Most of these programs last six months to a year and are a combination of classroom experience and hands-on work. As a part of this coursework, technicians that will work with refrigerants need to be certified in proper refrigerant handling. To become certified, they need to pass an exam from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Additionally, many automotive mechanics choose to get certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Finally, some employers require that their mechanics get certified, and it can help mechanics advance in their careers.

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Typical qualifications for an Automotive Mechanic

Your Indeed Profile has 19 of the 20 qualifications typically needed to be an Automotive Mechanic.
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Automotive Mechanic jobs in United States

Meineke Car Care3
Overland Park, KS
$30 - $46 an hour
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18 hours ago
Prince George's County3.8
$36,855 - $55,000 a year
18 hours ago
Steubenville, OH
$20 - $40 an hour
57 minutes ago
Big Brand Tire & Service3.5
Simi Valley, CA
$31 - $45 an hour
18 hours ago
Calverts Express Auto Service & Tire2.7
Raytown, MO
$660 - $2,500 a week
53 minutes ago
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Career progression for Automotive Mechanic

Education levels for Automotive Mechanics

Based on the requirements of Automotive Mechanic job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
High school diploma or GED4.0%
Associate's degree3.0%
Bachelor's degree2.0%
Master's degree1.0%
Middle school education0.0%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as an Automotive Mechanic in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0 - 4$28,200
4 - 8$32,100
8 - 12$34,600
12 - 16$35,500
16 - 20$36,700
20 - 24$37,900
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